SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
19 July 2016 | Valdez, Alaska
05 July 2016 | Seward, Alaska
04 July 2016 | Nuka Island, Home Cove, Alaska
02 July 2016 | Red Fox Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska (not to be confused with Wrangell, Alaska)
27 June 2016 | Chignik, Alaska, USA
23 June 2016 | Larry Nelson
20 June 2016 | King Cove Alaska
14 June 2016 | Dutch Harbor
10 June 2016 | Dutch Harbor, Alaska, USA
09 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
09 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
07 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
07 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
07 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
05 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
04 June 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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The World's Greatest Waterfall Hike

16 May 2012 | Daniels Bay, Nuku Hiva, The Marquesas, French Polynesia
Larry Nelson
Our cameras cannot take pictures that show this grandeur. And certainly I cannot describe it adequately. But I will tell you that this is the most amazing hike I can remember....even those in Glacier National Park aren't better.

Daniel's bay (Hakatea Bay) is about 6 miles from Nuka Hiva Village (Taiohae Bay) where we first arrived. But this anchorage is smoother and much more sheltered from the wind. We took the dinghies to the beach where there is a farm and a couple Marquesan families. There were cattle roaming on the beach...that was new to us. The trail looks like a path through a tourist garden with perfect green trees and grass on both sides. We were greeted by the families and invited to stop on our way back to get fruit. These are beautiful people. The men look like the lift weights all day in the gym and eat a perfect diet. They have lots of tatoos. Most importantly they are friendly.

The trail goes up a valley, but it is not a valley like you ever walked up before. This is more of a cleft in the earth with rock walls rising on both sides for thousands of feet. There is a river that we generally follow except from time to time we have to cross it. It's swift and has an irregular bottom but we all manage the crossings without incident. About 2 hours in to the hike we come to the first sign. It says, Don't do this if it is raining and be aware that rock falls occur often and this is hazardous. It has just started to rain when we come upon a cache of hard hats someone has left for us to wear! We'll wear them for another hour of hiking. Looking up to the sky where the rocks would come from does not give confidence in the hats but we wear them anyway. We wind up a narrow jungle trail with rock walls close on both sides of the "trail". We ford the river a couple more times and then we can hear the waterfall. It must be 900 feet tall (measured by Costeau in a Helicopter). Wow. There is a pool that we can swim across and then through a cleft in the rock into a maze of waterfall canyon. The wind is roaring down the canyon and we are swimming against it. A few brave souls actually swim behind the waterfall which is actually amazing because the wind is so strong that you can't hear one another and it is difficult to swim against. We use our waterproof cameras to take pictures. I hope they turn out.

On our trip out we are invited into the Marquesan homes and served a lemonade and fried bananas. We buy some fruit and bananas. This fruit is perfect but the banana stalks are really heavy. Then we spend about an hour opening coconuts at all stages and drinking/eating/huskiing them. How can we be so lucky? Ruby (an 6 year old on SV Convivia, Vistoria and Tucker ) found a "sensitive plant" that folds up its leaves when you touch it (like a Venus fly trap). Miles (their 4 year old) found some ants and they bit him on the legs. That was quite the scene for just a little while!

We returned to Panta Rhei and grilled some steaks, boiled some potatoes and prepared a salad. Now we are coasting. We're tired but it has been a GREAT day.
Panta Rhei's Photos - Main
22 Photos
Created 1 October 2013
Pictures of South Island NZ and the Milford Track
68 Photos
Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
18 Photos
Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
104 Photos
Created 6 June 2012
Pics from the crossing and after arrival in the marquesas
24 Photos
Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
30 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
80 Photos
Created 17 March 2012
accumulated pictures of the SV Safety Cat rescue and repair
63 Photos
Created 7 July 2011
swimming with a whale shark in clear warm water
9 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
43 Photos
Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
26 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
41 Photos
Created 30 March 2011
pictures of the trip up a jungle river to a crocodile farm and to a spring which is the source of all San Blas water
72 Photos
Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
16 Photos
Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
44 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
10 Photos
Created 18 March 2011
cleaning boat bottoms and other recent activities
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2011
bob and Larry went looking for a hose from a store next to a "Table Dance" entertainment center
9 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
6 Photos
Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
12 Photos
Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
40 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
21 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
11 Photos
Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
19 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
21 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
17 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Arrival in the south part of Mexico and beginning of the cruising lifestyle
21 Photos
Created 23 November 2010
warmer weather experiences
21 Photos
Created 15 November 2010
stop in san francisco at at Sea Ranch CA to visit Grace and Bob Carter
44 Photos
Created 11 October 2010
pictures from preparing and leaving Seattle to Ft Bragg CA
16 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
weather faxes that show the weather in the Pacific Ocean while we are safe in port in Newport Oregon
1 Photo
Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
11 Photos
Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
34 Photos
Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
56 Photos
Created 19 July 2010
Candidates for most beautiful places in the world
78 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
bob and Sherry took pictures of Panta Rhei and shared them with us.
29 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
23 Photos
Created 1 July 2010
65 Photos
Created 25 June 2010
64 Photos
Created 24 June 2010
Pelican scenes then travel up Lisianski Inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Bay, Dundas Bay
46 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
trip up lisianski inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Island, and Dundas Bay
14 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
tight passages that kayakers would love and an abandoned town (Chichagof)
47 Photos
Created 12 June 2010
transit of Lisianski Strait enroute to Pelican
10 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Around the outside of Baranof Island and some caveing in el capitan passage
37 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 June 2010
Prince of Wales Island and enroute
13 Photos
Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
8 Photos
Created 17 May 2010
32 Photos
Created 15 May 2010
50 Photos
Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2010

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